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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Supply Chain Portfolio 2004


Here we are in the New Year. So, what should the going forward picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue. OK, enough of that.

supply chain cycles  picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue (figure 1). OK, enough of that. Something Old In spite of the press, people are continuing to buy and implement solutions from APS to WMS, although at a slower rate. In figure 1, The 2002 Portfolio, we define planning to be more strategic: setting up of supply chains, strategic sourcing, etc.—basically designing chains, trade lanes, selecting outsource partners, etc.—optimizing Read More

Tackling the International Supply Chain


Effective supply chain management is vital for global manufacturers' and retailers' success. If TradeBeam GTM blueprint proves successful, the time and money spent managing suppliers to ensure inventory levels are maintained will be optimized

supply chain cycles  the International Supply Chain An Example of TradeBeam''s GTM Solution Blueprints Collaborative Inventory Management (CIM) Another acquisition took place in early 2004, when TradeBeam , an international global trading solutions provider with over 3,000 customers and users in over 100 countries, acquired SupplySolution . SupplySolution is a Southfield, Michigan-based (US) offers a supply chain execution (SCE) application called i-Supply , which communicates inventory levels and consumption patterns Read More

The Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility


Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal for many companies to achieve? TEC Senior SCM Analyst Bob Eastman answers these questions and offers up some ideas on how to gain greater visibility into your company’s supply chain.

supply chain cycles  Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal? Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has touched on the issue of visibility from many perspectives in many forms in research that can be found on the TEC Web site . Numerous recent events—including stories about Apple and Read More

RFID Weaving Magic in Apparel Supply Chain


As innovation rates accelerate and product life cycles shorten, companies are increasingly looking for tools to make their supply chain more efficient. Technology, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) has enormously helped supply chain planner.

supply chain cycles  Weaving Magic in Apparel Supply Chain As innovation rates accelerate and product life cycles shorten, companies are increasingly looking for tools to make their supply chain more efficient. Technology, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) has enormously helped supply chain planner. Read More

Brain of Supply Chain System


Advanced planning and optimization makes supply chain systems cost effective. It is the brain of the supply chain because it works on top of all other software tools that plan, monitor, and control supply chain activities and control them.

supply chain cycles  of Supply Chain System Q. What is the ultimate goal of supply chain management in business? A. To perfectly match the supply side activities of procurement, production planning, distribution planning, production allocation, warehouse planning, inventory planning and so forth with the demand side activities of incoming orders and forecasts so that all demands are met with the least cost. Are today''s enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management Read More

Supply Chain Apptricity: Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report


Criteria in this knowledge base pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite.

supply chain cycles  Chain Apptricity: Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report Criteria in this knowledge base pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for Supply Chain Management Part 4: Just Give Us the Bottom Line


Managers weighing an investment in software for supply chain face pressure to be right. Looking for a precise calculation of ROI often results in making an uninformed decision. Part four discusses the difficulty in predicting the future.

supply chain cycles  a Software Application for Supply Chain Management Part 4: Just Give Us the Bottom Line Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for Supply Chain Management Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. Read More

Successful Supply Chains Part I: The Nine Rules of a Successful Supply Chain


Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply chain with these underlying principles in mind.

supply chain cycles  Rules of a Successful Supply Chain Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply chain with these underlying principles Read More

Staying on Top of the Food and Beverage Supply Chain


Food and beverage manufacturers must aim to keep up with customer demands for a wide range of products, while managing the complex global supply chain and taking advantage of growth in new markets. For fast-growing or midsize companies, the challenges are even greater. Find out about a solution that can help optimize sales and marketing, and enable consumer-driven supply chains by speeding collaboration with suppliers.

supply chain cycles  the Food and Beverage Supply Chain Food and beverage manufacturers must aim to keep up with customer demands for a wide range of products, while managing the complex global supply chain and taking advantage of growth in new markets. For fast-growing or midsize companies, the challenges are even greater. Find out about a solution that can help optimize sales and marketing, and enable consumer-driven supply chains by speeding collaboration with suppliers. Read More

Supply Chain 101: The Basics You Need to Know


Today’s manufacturers face increasing global competition and complex manufacturing networks. Supply chain management provides manufacturers with the needed visibility into their supply chain, as well as software solutions, to help give them a competitive edge.

supply chain cycles  of this has come supply chain management (SCM). To better appreciate this relatively new area of technology, one needs to understand the general supply chain model, the economic factors involved in the supply chain process, and how the software market has developed solutions to meet the challenges faced by today’s manufacturers and distributors. Fierce competition is not today’s manufacturers only concern. Rising fuel costs, an increase in the number of government regulations, a greater need for Read More

Top Supply Chain Management Software Compared


Find out which supply chain management solutions really meet the needs of your company with TEC's free SCM comparison reports.

supply chain cycles  Supply Chain Management Software Compared Does bigger mean better? Not necessarily. Find out which supply chain management (SCM) solutions really meet the needs of your company with TEC''s free SCM comparison reports . Your TEC software comparison report will rate your choice of vendors on an even playing field. You''ll get past the marketing hype and into what really counts—how well the solutions meet your specific business requirements. Size doesn''t always matter—find out which SCM solutions work be Read More

When Provider's Value Is Not In Synch With Customer's Value


Embedded knowledge exists in the supply chain to understand and unlock customer value. Integrating the chain is crucial to aligning the goals of customers and provider.

supply chain cycles  the annual Stanford/Wharton Service Supply Chain Forum. At the outset, Morris Cohen of Wharton set the stage for our cross industry and cross competitor sharing of ideas. Said Professor Cohen, Customers'' main goal is to extract value from the goods and services they buy—and in most cases, extend that value (use) as long as possible. Various panel members reinforced this basic concept. The longer that cycle continues, the more likely the supplier will have to institute and manage a so-called service Read More

TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide


This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation and technology that are driving change.

supply chain cycles  2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing Read More

Successful Supply Chains Part II: Supply Chain Alignment Assessment—A Road Map


The Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR) describes the supply chain as extending from the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer. This white paper from Waer Systems explores the process within SCOR of procuring incoming goods and the relationship with the upstream supplier, and details how a supply chain alignment assessment can help you with mapping your supply chain ROI.

supply chain cycles  Supply Chains Part II: Supply Chain Alignment Assessment—A Road Map The Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR) describes the supply chain as extending from the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer. This white paper from Waer Systems explores the process within SCOR of procuring incoming goods and the relationship with the upstream supplier, and details how a supply chain alignment assessment can help you with mapping your supply chain ROI. Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth


For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.

supply chain cycles  Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in. There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new Read More